The “Birthing Box”

Birthing Box - Steven Kennard
Birthing Box – Photograph of the turned sculptural work of Steven Kennard

This box was originally conceived in about 1992 and at the time was unnamed. It is made in African Blackwood, with tagua nut ‘pearls’. The interior of the box has some smaller loose pearls, which seem to be waiting to be born. In order to do so, they have to pass up through the tube you see (one is on the way, as is evident from the bulge). It appears through the top and then is pushed out by the one following behind. You can see the older pearls in the tray at the base, with one waiting to fall from the top.

And yes, my imagination scares me sometimes! The box was finally given a name by the late Bruce leDain, a well known Montreal artist.

I am getting ready to go to St. Hyacinth, Quebec for a 1 day box making demo this weekend and was looking through older images of my boxes and thought I would share this one with you all.

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